I am a faculty lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania's Critical Writing Program. In AY 2019–2020 I’ll be teaching courses on neuroscience research into animal minds, and on rhetoric in the public and political spheres. In past years I’ve taught classes on the neuroscience and psychology of music perception, and on the biological origins of consciousness.
I earned my PhD in 2018 from the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. My areas of interest are philosophy of psychology and philosophy of science more broadly. I focus on those aspects of cognition and affect that manifest in conscious mental states, especially emotional and perceptual consciousness. My primary doctoral advisor was Gary Hatfield.
I'm from Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia I earned a Master of Philosophy degree from the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University, under the supervision of John Sutton. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours from the Australian Catholic University.
On this website you can read up on my various research projects and the courses I have taught or am teaching. The most recent version of my curriculum vitae is available by clicking here or on the link in the navigation bar.
At present I'm a member of the following research societies:
Outside of academic life, you can find me practicing my turntablism (I'm a graduate of Scratch Academy Philadelphia's DJ Certification Program), cooking, or watching rugby (New Zealand's national religion). I also dabble in graphic design (you’ll see my work throughout this website) and photography.